STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Winter Whites

Whether it’s from our mothers or grandmothers, we’ve all heard the fashion rule that you can’t wear white after Labor Day. Like many other sartorial mandates, this doesn’t seem to be followed nowadays. All over campus white T-shirts, dresses, scarves and even jeans can be seen no matter the weather or the month. The fact is that white remains a staple neutral for many, even in the winter.

In the past, once September came I’d rid my closet of any white or pastels and pack them away until the spring. Now, I jump at the opportunity to incorporate my summer pieces into my winter wardrobe. When it comes to wearing white, I prefer to wear one garment or accessory of the color and use my winter pieces to build my outfit around it. For example, I’d pair white jeans with booties and a chunky knit sweater or a long sleeved white T-shirt with a high-waisted skirt and tights. This Fashionista does the same by making the centerpiece of her ensemble a white dress.

The details of the dress itself help make it transitional into colder weather. The fabric knit is a crochet-like effect and the three quarter length sleeves with decorative fringe give it a warm and cozy vibe. This Fashionista pairs the dress with an army green jacket that’s perfect for layering over shirts and dresses. For shoes she chose tall, equestrian style boots, which help balance the shorter length of the dress. She accessorizes the look by layering two pendant necklaces, and carries a perforated leather cross-body bag.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “I think that when it comes to colors nothing should be off-limits during a certain season, especially white. I wear white on a weekly basis year-round, but I always make sure to style my look to fit the weather.”